Monday, June 01, 2015

PRIDE PARADE: Booze Enforcement Top Priority; "Consolidation" Possible Next Year

(Yelp)
With just 4 weeks remaining before the annual Chicago Pride Parade kicks off, city officials have still not told area residents how dangerous crowding and post-parade mayhem will be addressed.

As for the parade itself, few changes are expected. CWB revealed last week that, despite local politicians' claims that the parade might be moved downtown this year, parade organizers confidently filed their application for 2015 six months ago. Every aspect of the 2015 parade application, from duration to route to the number of participants, is identical to organizers' 2014 plan.

Since our report, the parade's official web site has been updated with details of the 2015 event and the only change is a greater emphasis on discouraging the public consumption of alcohol.

Organizers also say they will pay 90 off-duty police officers to help manage the crowd. That management is expected to include the establishment of liquor screening checkpoints at parade route access points this year.

As a police matter, drinking in public is generally addressed with a citation—called an ANOV. Chicago police issued 230 ANOVs during last year's parade. Only 10 were issued the year before.

"Consolidation"

According to multiple sources who have attended Pride planning meetings this spring, moving the 2015 parade to a downtown location was never seriously on the table. But a move next year has been "discussed seriously."

The sources all confirmed that Chicago's overgrown Pride Parade and after-party mayhem have become a "public safety issue" that the city is committed to containing.

According to our sources, if the parade moves downtown next year, the city would like for the Northalsted Business Alliance to hold its increasingly-popular Pride Fest street fair on the same weekend as the parade. Pride Fest is is currently held on the weekend before the parade.

"If the parade goes downtown, they want to have something for people to do if [parade-goers] come to Boystown" afterwards, a city worker said.
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20 comments:

  1. It needs to be moved downtown. Because of all the people, cell phones do not work in the heavy populated areas of the parade route. Something very dangerous could occur

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    1. Oh my goodness, what will the world do if we can't use our cell phones during the parade and something happens lol. "Stuff" has happened long before cell phones, and police always seemed to find their way to the scene.

      Mankind will be just fine if a bunch of drunks can't post their foolish selfies and status updates for a couple of hours.

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  2. Ten years ago I dated a sergeant with the Chicago PD and he told me officers loved working Gay Pride weekend, it was the easiest gig of the year. What a difference 10 years make! Now it's the most violent weekend event in the entire city. It's beyond me why gay people don't stand up for their community against this trashy makeover.

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    1. I did. I don't go.

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    2. Well, it appears the trashy makeover comes from within. Here's how the gay community has descended into spoiled brats demanding special privilege and more more MORE. The more equality people get in the US the more they act like savages (I'm gay btw, just expressing my observations): http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/05/27/rehoboth-police-say-crackdown-not-aimed-at-gays/

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    3. Bud Billikin is far more violent than even the worst Pride weekend. Any CPD will tell you that.

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  3. According to our sources, if the parade moves downtown next year, the city would like for the Northalsted Business Alliance to hold its increasingly-popular Pride Fest street fair on the same weekend as the parade. Pride Fest is is currently held on the weekend before the parade.

    By City you mean the bar owners on Halsted. What a joke. They are telling the City what they want.

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    1. agreed, when the jesters have the kings ear. bad things happen.

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    2. If everybody still ends up on Halsted Street after the parade, nothing has been done to solve the problem. Typical with the loons in charge of government.

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  4. You queens need to get over your obsession with the pride parade. It is not going to be moved downtown. It is a one day affair that has become pretty boring the last few years. It goes by quickly and it is amazing how fast the clean up and crowd disbursement occurs after it is over. I've lived in Boystown for nearly 20 years and have no problem with it.

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  5. please explain the pride in grown ass over sexual adults strutting around in underwear acting a fool. Cancel this abomination.

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    1. You can only see so many slimey, emaciated torsos before they're all a big blur. The straight girls getting a thrill out of letting their gay friends touch their boobs every 1/2 block is tiring too. It's probably the most sex they get all year.

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  6. Hmmmm I wonder if we can find the actual number of tickets vs. actual dollars the police recv'd for their "stance on drinking" - im sure its all hooey...smoke and mirrors. Glad im escaping that weekend for southern states.

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  7. My biggest issue with the parade is that I'm held hostage in the neighborhood for what now has become an entire Day, Evening, and Night. I'm unable to move my car or conduct business. Move the parade to Inner LSD and Sheridan Road, this way Emergency vehicles can still do their thing, along with the rest of the neighborhood residents.

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  8. "Next year."

    You mean like "Wait until next year, Cubs fans?"

    I've become really pessimistic. I don't see the parade ever moving out of the neighborhood. It'll disrupt too many narratives and politicians money. Logic will never win this one.

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  9. It won't move because it would show the true attendance isn't any where near 1 million people and all those bars owners need to pay their bills so they can pay off the politicians.

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  10. and of all of the anov's issued, how many fines were paid?.....for that matter, what is the city's collection rate on anov's? (last was heard, about 5%....)

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  11. Sidetrack and the rest of the Velvet Mafia pulling Tunney's strings will never let the parade leave Boystown. That said, I'll be out of town for the entire weekend this year. I attended Pride every year from '97 until '08, when things took a sharp turn for the worse. I wonder what happened in that timeframe?

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    1. Center on Halsted Opened in 2007 is what happened.

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    2. I really believe they're in cahoots.

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